Percent for Art

The PRA pioneered the Percent for Art Program in March 1959, becoming the first city in the United States to create a program requiring developers to commission art as part of the development process. The PRA’s Percent for Art Program obligates developers who are building on land acquired and assembled by the PRA to dedicate at least one percent of the total building construction costs toward the commissioning of original, site-specific works of art. Since the inception of the Program, hundreds of public art have been installed in all areas of Philadelphia. Works of public art can be found in such diverse developments as high-rise commercial and residential towers, housing for families and the elderly, shopping plazas, parks, hotels, universities, schools and libraries.

Rassambleau


Artist Name:  Cliff Garten
Year: 2018
Location: 1601 Vine Street and Courtyard, Philadelphia
Neighborhood: Center City


Weather Dogs


Artist Name: Peter Morgan
Year: 2016
Location: The Philly Pet Hotel and Villas, Philadelphia
Neighborhood: Eastwick


Light Matrik


Artist Name: Leo Villareal
Year: 2015
Location: 3601 Market Street, Philadelphia
Image courtesy of Kevin Monko Photography


Generative Luminance


Artist Name: Soo Sunny Park
Year: 2014
Location: 3737 Market Street, Lobby, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Neighborhood: University City, Images courtesy of Halkin Mason Photography


250 Miles Crossing Philadelphia


Artist Name: Esther Polak and Ivar Van Bekkuk
Year: 2014
Location: 780 S. 52nd Street, Philadelphia, PA
Neighborhood: University City Science Center, Photographs courtesy of Mike Levin


Goldilocks


Artist Name: Ming Fay
Year: 2007
Location: Tivoli Building, 20th & Hamilton Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19130
Neighborhood: Franklintown


Plateau


Artist Name: Andrea Blum
Year: 2006
Location: 40th and Walnut Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Neighborhood: University City


Wissahickon Reflections


Artist Name: Diane Burko
Year: 1996
Location: Marriott Hotel, 1201 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Neighborhood: Center City


Connections


Artist Name: Athena Tacha
Year: 1992
Location: Between 18th & 19th Streets and Franklintown Boulevard
Images courtesy of James Fennell


Clothespin


Artist Name: Claes Oldenberg
Year: 1976
Location: 15th and Market Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Neighborhood: Center City

PolyVine


Artist Name: Jenny Sabin Studio
Year: 2016
Location: Folsom Powerhouse, 17th & Folsom Streets, Philadelphia
Neighborhood: Francisville


Light Play


Artist Name: Mags Harries and Lajos Heder
Year: 2016
Location: Broad & South Streets, Philadelphia
Neighborhood: Center City, Photographs courtesy of Zivadin Katanic


Sky Terrain


Artist Name: Rebecca Rutstein
Year: 2015
Location: 11th Street & Montgomery Avenue, Philadelphia
Image Courtesy Rebecca Rutstein and Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Philadelphia, PA


Blueprint


Artist Name: United Visual Artists (UVA)
Year: 2014
Location: 3737 Market Street, Lobby, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Neighborhood: University City


250 Miles Crossing Philadelphia – Documentary Screening


Artist Name: Esther Polak and Ivar Van Bekkuk
Year: 2015
Location: The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19104.
Neighborhood: University City Science Center, Photographs courtesy of Mike Levin


Wave Forms


Artist Name: Dennis Oppenheim
Year: 2007
Location: 34th & Chestnut Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Neighborhood: University City


Open Air Aquarium


Artist Name: Magdalena Abakanowicz
Year: 2003
Location: Columbus Boulevard (Dockside 717)
Neighborhood: Delaware Waterfront


World Park: Orders and Perspectives


Artist Name: Ned Smythe
Year: 1995
Location: Marriott Hotel, 1201 Market Street, Rear, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Neighborhood: Center City


Split Button


Artist Name: Claes Oldenberg & Coosje van Bruggen
Year: 1981
Location: Locust Walk between 34th & 36th Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Neighborhood: University City


Three Bears


Artist Name:: Joseph Winter
Year: 1966
Location: Three Bears Park, Delancey Street between 3rd & 4th Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Neighborhood: Society Hill

The Percent for Art program encourages redevelopers to conceive of innovative applications for public art, and to create work that engages the public and challenges them to think about their surroundings in new and exciting ways. In addition to the tradition mediums of public art, developers can also commission projects that take less conventional forms, like community, arts and culture-based public programs.

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